How to Create Your Own Family Traditions

Holidays can become so hectic that we forget to relax and enjoy them. One way to ensure quality time with family and friends is to establish memorable traditions. Here are a few ways to create your own family traditions.

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Holiday traditions often span many generations and include everything from lighting special candles or watching a favorite movie, to choosing the perfect Christmas tree from a local tree farm.

But, if you are ready to re-think the traditions that linger from your childhood, or you want new activities that work for your growing family, these suggestions can help you create your own holiday traditions.

1. Search your family history.   Make the old new again!

If you discover that Great Aunt Sarah traditionally read the Christmas story by candlelight, maybe you can add candles to your Christmas Eve hot chocolate routine. If you remember your family gathering around the piano or portable keyboard for an annual sing-song, maybe you and the kids can make homemade instruments and sing carols together.

2. Examine current practices and routines.   Is a current tradition outdated or no longer feasible?

You may want to replace traditional foods such as plum pudding and fruitcake with a carrot cake or yule log, or recipes that require fewer ingredients and less preparation time. If you traditionally attend an evening service on Christmas Eve, maybe there is an earlier service for families with small children.

3. Ask your family for suggestions.    What does everyone really wish they were doing?

You might discover that it's OK to trade in the sleigh ride for skating on an outdoor rink, or playing soccer in the snow. Maybe the kids actually prefer popcorn to the traditional cinnamon rolls you always prepare for holiday movie night. Try serving popcorn with candy cane chopsticks!


Creating your own holiday traditions can be an amazing experience for the whole family. Take time for some sit-down planning to prompt reflection and conversation.

  • Play some Christmas music.
  • Write down everyone's ideas.

Maybe you will even come up with a new cookie recipe!


The traditions you start now will be the activities everyone looks forward to each year as the holiday approaches, because they are focused on family time.

Your unique family traditions will provide stability and unity that translate to a little comfort and joy for all at this special time of year.

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